Potato wedges

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Potato wedges
Wedges with cheese and bacon.jpg
Potato wedges with cheese and bacon, accompanied by sweet chilli sauce and sour cream
Course Hors d'oeuvre, side dish
Main ingredients Potatoes
Cookbook: Potato wedges  Media: Potato wedges

Potato wedges are wedges of potatoes, often large and unpeeled, that are either baked or fried. They are sold at diners and fast food restaurants. In Australia, potato wedges are a common bar food, that are almost always served with sour cream and sweet chilli sauce. They are usually seasoned with a variety of spices, commonly paprika, salt and pepper. “Jojo” fried potato wedges originated in Ohio.


When compared to steak-cut chips (UK), fries (US and global), roasted potatoes or crinkle-cut chips (UK), a wedge could be defined as having distinct corners when viewed as a cross-section perpendicular to the normal- a centreline running along the length of the cut potato form. This can be viewed as a triangular section, should there be 4 corners it would commonly be referred to as just a chip/fries.

Other names[edit]

  • In some regions of the United States, potato wedges are known as jojos.[1] This term originated in Northeast, Ohio[citation needed] and is also used in the Northwest, Washington, Idaho, Ohio, Oregon, Minnesota, and other areas. Jojos are potato wedges fried in the same vat as chicken and usually eaten plain alongside fried chicken, coleslaw, and baked beans.[2] A variation in spelling and pronunciation is mojos, particularly in Western Canada, the Western United States and Canada's Yukon.[3]
  • In Germany, they are known as Kartoffelspalten ('potato-clefts'), wilde Kartoffeln ('wild potatoes'), Westernkartoffeln ('Western potatoes') or Potato Wedges[4].
  • In France, they are called potatoes (pronounced as it is in English).[citation needed]
  • In Sweden, they are called klyftpotatis ('wedge-potatoes').
  • In Russia, they are known as картофель по-деревенски ('village-style potato') or картофель по-домашнему ('homestyle potato').
  • In Czech republic, they are called americké brambory ('american potatoes').

See also[edit]


  1. ^ DiStefano, Anne Marie (July 4, 2013). "Restaurants add another chapter to jojos' long history". Portland Tribune. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Price, Nikki (2009-09-25). "A fry with MoJo: The Coast loves its JoJos". Oregon Coast Today. Lincoln City, Oregon. Archived from the original on August 17, 2011. Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  3. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20101011164224/http://greensboring.com/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=329. Archived from the original on October 11, 2010. Retrieved June 14, 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Potato-Wedges" (in German). EDEKA.